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AHRC collaborative PhD with English Heritage and King's College London

Westminster-on-Sea: the political and cultural significance of Osborne House, Isle of Wight, c.1845-1901

  • Nineteenth century monarchy, politics, and culture.
  • The monarchy's engagement with empire, diplomacy, and domestic politics.
  • The political uses of, and impact on, the built environment.
  • Political geography.
  • Historical GIS.

Member of the Cities research group

Research interests

My research focuses on the ways in which the royal residence of Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, was used in pursuit of the Victorian monarchy's political practices from 1845 to 1901. The project seeks to investigate how the evolution of the built environment of the residence, and the monarchy's changing uses of the site, reflected the development of the institution’s political role over the course of Queen Victoria's reign. Taking a multi-scalar approach, the project considers the activities at the residence in relation to domestic politics, foreign diplomacy, and the British Empire. A range of geographical and historical methodologies are deployed, ranging from archival research, the use of digitised sources, object and image analysis, to Geographic Information System analysis including mapping the changing physicality of the estate and visualising the Queen's movements from 1837 to 1901. The project aims to contribute to our understanding of the importance of Osborne House to national and international political life during this period, to our understanding of the monarchy's political activities during Queen Victoria's reign, and to our understanding of the value of space and place in considering the development of political institutions.

Biographical details

Undergraduate:

     University of Aberdeen

     MA (Hons), History and Politics

Postgraduate:

     Birkbeck, University of London

     MA, Historical Research

Other experience:

     Former House of Commons researcher

Keywords

  • D204 Modern History
  • G Geography (General)

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